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In 1987, there was a trifecta of dueling Game Shows that tried to cross the genre with the growing fad of home shopping: namely, ABC's Bargain Hunters (a Merrill Heatter production which host Peter Tomarken reportedly really hated) and the syndicated The Home Shopping Game (which tied in with HSN, the Ur Example of the shopping channel). While neither show was all that great, both had some redeeming elements....Oh, wait, that third game. Until pictures were posted for all to see in December 2012, references to this legendary yet obscure syndicated entry were limited to assorted posts on a popular forum which — in an almost Creepypasta-like quality — described it as the worst game show ever made (a post from 2005, a topic from 2006, and another topic from 2011). That show was the legendary Shopper's Casino. And unfortunately, it's real. In fact, several traders have had an episode (a single episode, as it happens) since at least May 1998.But on to the game itself, because that's why you're here — basically, the entire show consisted of two contestants playing casino games, specifically Blackjack, Roulette, and Chuck-a-Luck. Win a round, win a prize and points relative to its price note . Blackjack was relatively normal, Roulette only offered Black, White, Odd, and Even as bets, and Chuck-a-Luck is a dice-based game you've probably never heard of before this. If the Bonus Bell went off, that round was played for double. The winner after six rounds (two of each game) got to spin a "Big Wheel" for a bonus prize....And that's it. Much like those other shows, each prize was also offered to home viewers, and a lot of the time between games (or even during them in some cases) was spent plugging the prizes and reminding viewers to have their credit cards ready and call now. Even worse, the advertisements shown during commercial breaks were all direct-response ads! (...but more on that later.)Okay, so what were the issues with Shopper's Casino? A lot. Poor camera angles, the laziest/blandest set in the history of the genre, nonsensical betting choices for Chuck-a-Luck ("12 or Over" and "9 and Under"), the aforementioned direct-response ads had better production values than the show itself, and...well, here's a full explanation with pictures, if you dare...or the episode itself on YouTube, if you've got a Bile Fascination.The fact that its existence was treated like an Urban Legend should be proof enough that it didn't last long.
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